California Reform Sex Offender Laws Organization

From BoyWiki
(Redirected from CA RSOL)
Jump to: navigation, search
Eo-scale of justice.gif

California Reform Sex Offender Laws Organization was formerly an organization dedicated to restoring civil rights for those accused and/or convicted of sex crimes in California.

As of August 2016, California Reform Sex Offender Laws Organization has changed it's name to, Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws. "The CA RSOL board of directors determined that these changes are necessary because the organization has outgrown the borders of the State of California." [1]

Background

The California Sex Offender Registry was established in 1947, the first in the nation. Pursuant to California Law (Penal Code 290) an individual convicted of one of more than 150 Penal Code sections results in mandatory sex offender registration for life, regardless of the severity of the offense.

Individuals convicted of a wide range of offenses, from “sexting” on a cell phone, consensual teen sex and public urination to the sexual assault of multiple children and/or adults, are listed on the CA registry. Individuals on the CA registry have been convicted of or pled guilty to offenses more than 50 years ago.

Registration Requirements have changed drastically over the course of decades and they apply to all registered citizens regardless of their conviction date. California is one of 4 states in the US that does not have a tiered registration requirement (based on either offense or perceived risk (AL, CA, FL, SC)). In the remaining 46 states, registered citizens are assigned to a tier and man are removed from their state registry in either 10 or 20 years.

In addition to questioning the constitutionality of California’s sex offender registry, recent research has also called into question the public safety benefits and escalating costs of the registry.

California RSOL’s mission is to protect the state and federal constitutions by restoring the Civil Rights of all Citizens as well as work to provide the safest environment possible for all children.[2]

Lawsuits

CA RSOL has engaged in legal battles challenging local Halloween ordinances,[3] and residency restrictions aimed at registrants in federal court across the state of California.[4][5][6] During 2014 over 20 municipalities has been sued by CA RSOL.[7] As of October 11, 15 of the lawsuits had been settled, 38 cities had avoided litigation by revoking their sex offender ordinances, and 6 cities had chosen to discontinue enforcing the ordinances. At the time, sex offender ordinances were under review in 18 additional cities.[8] CA RSOLs efforts culminated in March 2015 when Supreme Court of California struck down part of the California Proposition 83 (2006) declaring San Diego Countys blanket residency restrictions imposed on all offender regardless of the facts of individual cases unconstitutional. Court cited restrictions unfairness and counterproductive effects, stating that blanket policies "infringed their liberty and privacy interests, however limited, while bearing no rational relationship to advancing the state’s legitimate goal of protecting children from sexual predators."[9] CA RSOL is currently planning to sue other municipal ordinances that go further than states Jessica’s Law.[10]

References

  1. California RSOL is now the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws
  2. http://californiarsol.org/general-info/
  3. "City of Orange Sued Over Sex Offender Halloween Restrictions", KTLA 5, September 19, 2013. 
  4. "We can do better on sex offender laws", The Dallas Morning News, 17 July 2014. Retrieved on 14 November 2014. 
  5. "CA RSOL Challenges El Dorado County Sex Offender Ordinance", In Eldorado County News, 21 July 2013. Retrieved on 14 November 2014. 
  6. "Attorney files sex offender lawsuit against Lompoc", Lompoc Record, April 24, 2014. Retrieved on 14 November 2014. 
  7. "County sued over sex offender ordinance", Daily Press, Oct 21, 2014. Retrieved on 14 November 2014. 
  8. "SPECIAL REPORT: Pair seeks repeal of sex-offender laws in California", Daily Breeze, 10 November 2014. Retrieved on 14 November 2014. 
  9. "Housing Restrictions For Sex Offenders Unconstitutional, California Court Rules", The Huffington Post. 
  10. "CALIFORNIA: Sex offender law too restrictive, court rules", The Press Entrprise, 2 March 2015. 


See also

External links